Making Alliances & Saying Prayers — GlocalNet Participates in the Alliance of Virtue and the National Prayer Breakfast
The work of peacemaking is an endeavor of endurance. Peace is achieved in relationship over a period of time — and relationships do take time, especially when the differences between parties are vast. The true work of peace happens face to face and table to table. However, this relational work of peace can be facilitated through many other figures and efforts. Leaders are needed to champion peace. Events and conferences are needed to create awareness to mass audiences. Initiatives are needed to pull people together and push the cause of peace forward. Partnerships, coalitions and alliances between organizations are powerful, as well. In its mission to relentlessly pursue peace and reconciliation among all peoples in all places for all things, GlocalNet has utilized every possible mean to build bridges. Just recently, GlocalNet was involved in a convergence of peacemaking relationships, efforts and events.
The Alliance of Virtue for the Common Good was held February 5-7 in Washington DC. The gathering of four hundred religious leaders from around the world explored, in the words of Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, “ways in which the three great Abrahamic faiths can offer their shared values in the service of peace.” The aim being, “to call for peace and urge others to do the same.” The conference included speeches and conversations ranging many topics such as religious virtue, the common good, the role of religion in governance, religious freedom and the need for alliances.
The sessions of the Alliance of Virtue built toward the unveiling and affirmation of the Washington Declaration, a document written for the purpose of building reconciliation and seeking to heal the wounds of global conflict and violence. Simply, the declaration states: 1) All people, regardless of faith, are entitled to religious liberty. 2) All people, men and women alike, are entitled to equality and due process under the law 3) Each government has an obligation to respect the dignity and related rights of all who dwell within its jurisdiction 4) People from all sectors – including public service, religion, business, academia, civil society, and the arts – share a responsibility to encourage international and intercultural understanding and to oppose any effort to convey information that is false or defamatory toward the members of any ethnic, racial or religious group.
Along with religious leaders and scholars from around the world, the Alliance of Virtue brought together the American Peace Caravan — a network of pastors, imams and rabbis who are banding together in their local contexts for the sake of peace. These new friends, through the My Neighbors Keeper initiative, are taking this work to their cities and neighborhoods, calling their congregations to join the bridge-building peace work. GlocalNet is already working in 20 cities around the US and has its gaze set on 50 cities by 2020. This network will provide relationships, resources and support to uphold overall peace efforts.
Finally, as the Alliance of Virtue concluded, many of its participants transitioned to another important event, The National Prayer Breakfast. This event, hosted by politicians, calls together about 3000 people and asks them to let go of their parties and politics for the sake of praying for our nation and our nation’s leaders in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. This served as a great reminder of where the power of peace really lies. Indeed, prayer is the last great resource we have in the cause of peacemaking. Seeking the God of Peace as we seek peace on Earth is what gives us the wisdom and the power to continue such efforts. The two-day event was filled with meals, meetings and conversations opening doors for God to work and for peace to reign.
Below you will find several links to articles from these events that will give you more information and photos. Enjoy the articles and may God bless all of your peacemaking efforts. May His peace flow in you and overflow from you.
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